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remains yesterday at a location, and we're in the process of doing forensic testing. >> reporter: the remains may belong to previous victims, or they may be new victims. t.j. winick, abc news. crews are now battling a second wildfire in the colorado foothills. by sundown that fire had destroyed at least one home near loveland and grew to about one square mile. in boulder residents were allowed to return to their burned out homes for the first time since one of the worst wildfires in the state's history spread there. there are now reports that blaze may have been started by a resident's fire pit. that means criminal charges in this case could soon be filed. congressional lawmakers go back to work today. the main order of business, what to do about tax cuts set to expire at the end of the year, an issue sure to spark some heated debate. tammon bradley has a preview. >> reporter: as members of congress make their way back to washington, get ready for a war over taxes. when pressed on cbs news, house republican leader john boehner
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admitted he would support middle-class tax relief, even if wealthier americans are left out. >> if the only option i have is to vote for some of those tax reductions, i'll vote for them. >> reporter: but boehner's admission doesn't mean republicans will abandon the fight. they want tax relief for the nation's top income earners as well, a renewal of bush-era tax cuts set to expire. the white house is digging in. >> borrowing $700 billion to extend tax cuts that average more than $100,000 a year to millionaires and even billionaires is the least effective bang for the buck we can have. >> reporter: not renewing the bush tax cuts would result in a substantial tax increase for those making more than $250,000. republicans argued that would hurt small businesses. >> why don't we extend these tax -- current tax rates to all americans and get rid of some of the uncertainty that's out there? >> reporter: some democrats have signaled they'll break from party leadership on the issue. even the president's former budget chief wrote an op-ed
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saying the political consequences for extending tax cuts for all wage earners is worth it. the battle over taxsize only one fight that's ahead. the president obama has proposed new spending to stimulate the economy. leader boehner says it's time to cut spending. tammon bradley, abc news, the white house. thousands of tea party members and their supporters turned out for rallies across the country sunday. in sacramento an estimated 4,000 people joined a united to the finish rally, but that was far fewer than the 25,000 to 50,000 crowd that organizers had predicted. demonstrators called for smaller government and a repeal of the obama health care plan. another monster storm is picking up steam in the atlantic. hurricaningor is packing winds of up to 150 miles per hour, just shy of a category 5 storm. igor is far from land but expected near bermuda sometime saturday morning. it's not forecast to hit the u.s. directly. tropical storm julia is also churning in the atlantic now and could become a hurricane this
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week. >> busy season. here's your monday forecast. another dreary day here in new york with some light showers, stretching into new england. hail, gusty winds, and flash flooding across nebraska and kansas. showers from dallas to houston. rain south of denver into albuquerque. scattered showers across florida. 80s from miami to baltimore and 75 here in new york. indianapolis is 85. chicago 79. and kansas city 86. the hot 103 in phoenix. 82 in salt lake city. and 70 in seattle. a champion you might want to keep your distance from after his latest conquest. >> the world's number one competitive eater has lived up to the title once again. he chowed down 47 burritos in just ten minutes at the new mexico state fair over the weekend. now, in case you are doing the math, that is 11 pounds of tortillas, beef, beans, and green chili, all for a grand prize of $1,500. >> another well-known competitor in these kinds of competitions, the black widow, she was nowhere in sight.
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you might remember she actually beat chestnut in a chicken wings eating contest just last week. 47 burritos. >> $1,500. what? he is way underpaid, joey chestnut. >> you give that to the plumber. we'll be right back with more after this. ♪ gimme ♪ ♪ gimme, gimme more
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and welcome and welcome back, everybody. even though that massive gulf oil leak has finally been stopped, lots of questions still remain. >> the biggest mystery, what happened to those millions of gallons of oil? one group of scientists say they know where it is. matt gutman has the story. >> reporter: for 86 days bp's doomed well gushed crude oil into the gulf. over 180 million gallons. 17 exxon valdezes. so where did it go? a noaa study last month said 75% of the oil was scooped up, burned off, or evaporated. now researchers say they have a
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simpler answer. it sank. >> the oil is not gone. it's just places where nobody's looked for it. there's stuff on the bottom. a lot of it is on the bottom. >> reporter: dr. j oye and her team have been taking core samples of the sea floor. she says they found a field of oil two inches thick spreading as far as 70 miles from the well head. >> we're finding it everywhere that we've looked. >> i wonder if you could pinpoint one thing for us that is most worrisome about your findings so far. >> there's nothing living in these cores other than bacteria. i have yet to see a living shrimp, a living worm. nothing. >> reporter: joye, who cautions those findings are preliminary, says if those organisms are affected eventually larger fish and perhaps humans may also be. in a statement the government says it's "working with academic scientists to monitor aggressively where the oil is subsurface." but that hasn't always been the case. in may joye was part of a team
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featured on this newscast that discovered giant underwater plumes of oil. at first the administration demanded they stop talking about the plumes. ultimately, the government and then bp acknowledged the plumes' existence. >> do you expect to be hounded because of this discovery as well? >> yes. i do. >> reporter: this time also joye says she has more research to do but is convinced the evidence speaks for itself. matt gutman, abc news. >> throughout the course of coverage of that oil well we heard so much about that blowout preventer and now we know it was taken to the louisiana facility over the weekend for nasa so they'll really have a chance to finally look at it and try to figure out what went wrong to prevent something in the future from happening again. >> hopefully some werz. another big question. where did all that well go? some of it evaporated some of it eaten by microorganisms. hopefully we'll get some answers to all of that. when we come back, the president's new economic adviser talks about the future of those
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bush tax cuts. >> the e
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welcome back. well, it is still true what they said back in the '90s, when it comes to elections it is the economy, stupid. >> and so with control of congress at stake in the elections that are now just less than two months away, the economy of course is on the top of the agenda on all the sunday talk shows. >> are you saying that no way, no how would you vote for the -- continuing the tax cuts for the folks in the middle class unless it also includes the tax cuts for the people in the upper brackets? in other words, you wouldn't be willing to pass those lower bracket extensions unless you
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can get the more wealthy -- >> if the only -- if the only option i have is to vote for some of those tax reductions, i'll vote for them. but i've been making the point now for months that we need to extend all the current rates for all americans if we want to get our economy going again and we want to get jobs in america. >> so you are saying you would vote for the middle-class tax cuts if that's all you can get done? >> if that's what we can get done. but i think that's bad policy. i don't think that's going to help our economy. and i think the other thing that has to happen is that we've got to cut spending. if we cut spending, we will help our economy. we will send signals to the markets. we will send signals to the business community that washington's attempting to get its fiscal house in order. >> from all across our world to the heart of our nation's capital, abc's "this week" with christiane amanpour starts now. >> the house minority leader,
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john boehner, has said that the only -- that he would consider extending the middle-class tax cuts. "if the only option i have is to vote for some of those tax reductions, i'll vote for it," he said on "face the nation" this morning. what is your reaction to that? >> well, i obviously haven't seen the comments, but i notice the qualifier "if my only choice is." if he -- if he's truly saying that we can as the president called for get a broad consensus to extend the middle-class tax cuts, we should do it. >> and he's obviously saying -- >> we shouldn't hold that hostage for the argument about the tax cuts just for the very, very highest income people. so if he is for that, i would be -- i would be happy. in the past we have seen some of these circumstances in which what appears to be the offer of doing the sensible thing in the
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light of day, there's a little bit of a feeling, well, if the president's for it i'm against it. and then it falls apart. i believe -- i'm not a political expert. i'm just a policy guy. but i believe there is a broad consensus, a middle ground, if you will, that democrats and republicans and business people and workers can agree on to get this -- the economy growing faster and getting people back to work. it's exactly what the president tried to do and is trying to emphasize in the policies he outlined this week. and we ought to do that. we ought to come together. ♪ >> from nbc news in washington, "meet the press," with david gregory. >> leader boehner for the republicans, who is saying in an interview that in fact he would support the middle-class tax cuts, the extension of which, which is what the president
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wants, he said on friday don't hold those hostage. what i'm asking is is there any room to compromise with republicans, to extend even if it's for two years as your formerly departed budget director called for, those on upper income americans, those tax cuts in the bush era? >> there's no one who believes mr. boehner -- they called the last set of tax cuts temporary. they're going to continue. i think we have to assume they're going to keep pushing this -- but let me make one point clear. what we're proposing is a tax cut for 100% of americans up to $250,000 of their income. so if you make under $250,000, you get a tax cut on all your income. if you make more than, that you get it up to $250,000. so if you're a millionaire, you'll get what everybody else gets up to $250,000. not the $100,000 a year that mr. boehner wants to give. david, we just can't afford it. and really what we ought to do is, as the president said, we agree on the middle-class tax cuts. let's not hold them hostage while we debate whether we're
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going to give this very small number of people at the top a tax cut that we can't afford. >> whether boehner's comments that he would support the extension of the middle-class tax cuts will open the door for some kind of compromise in the next few weeks now that they're back from break. >> it was interesting to watch it play out. there was really a war of words. in addition to axelrod you heard from gibbs today and boehner saying what we're doing right now, raising taxsies is wrong. >> we'll see. far from over. they chose mobility. they chosehe scooter store. and this is the team of mobility experts who made it all happen. ii great news, you've been approv for payment. dr. cruz, i'm calling on behalf ofmarie stanford. and they can make it happen for you. hi, i'm doug harrison, if you're living with limited mobility, call the scooter store today. i promise, no other company will work harder to make you mobile or do more to ensure your total satisfaction.
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>> it is a recession. yes. we both saw movies this weekend that you could very easily call extreme, very different kinds of extreme, but extreme nonetheless. >> that's right. i saw "machete," or "machete," as you learn to say as you're watching the movie which you asked us to see. it was co-directed by robert rodriguez, the same guy who did el mariachi and spy kids. the movie stars danny trejo, who is ma schett cree. he's a highly skilled federale and he's hired by some unsavory types to assassinate a senator. just as he's about to take the shot he notices there's somebody else aiming at him and notices he's been set up. he barely survives the sniper's bullet, and then he is out for revenge. >> they offered me $150,000 to kill the senator. >> look at me. i can get you papers. but you've got to let me bring you in. >> i'm going to find the guy that did this. and bring him to you. >> this movie is so bad it's good.
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i know that sounds leek a really weird review. but it really has an all-star cast from danny trujillo to don johnson, cheech marin. lindsay lohan is in the movie. you saw jessica alba there. as the name implies there is so much blood in the movie i don't even though how they were -- there's even a shot of somebody rappelling from one floor to another in a building with someone's intestines. 3 1/2 kernels out of 5. and i probably could have given it 4. ladies, you may not like this one. >> you like the bloody zuf. you like the violent movies. >> it was so corny i liked it. >> i saw the joaquin phoenix movie "i'm still here," "i'm still there." whatever the name of it was. it was not worth it. i've had bad experiences at the movies two weeks in a row. it's starting to bother me now. basically, if you like watching a hollywood star descend into drugs and hookers and tirades and you like male frontal nudity, you know what? go ahead and check out this movie. this is all for you. and basically, right here it's
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tax cu tax cuts. the controversial bush tax cuts are priority number one as congress gets back to work this week. are republicans ready to make a deal? >> if the only option i have is to vote for those at 250 and below, of course i'm going to do that. then, lion ranger. >> don't chew me. >> a man whose job it is to herd cats, really big ones. and he doesn't hesitate to tell them who's boss. and rocking out in style. >> can you ever imagine being in
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the crowd ever again? >> i mean, i guess i can. i don't know if i want to ever again. >> we'll take a look at how the accommodations at your favorite rock concerts have changed. it's monday september 13th. i'd imagine it would be sort of hard to have a mosh pit in your cabana. >> yeah. >> i'm sure you could make it work. >> apparently, the whole scene out there has changed. there are massages and gourmet food. luxury port-a-potties and all kinds of stuff at a concert. >> luxury and port-a-potty just don't belong in the same sentence now, do they? >> no. we'll see how that works. >> good morning and thanks for being with us on this monday. i'm vinita nair. >> and i'm rob nelson. congressional lawmakers return to capitol hill this morning preparing to battle over the bush administration tax cuts that are set to expire at the end of this year. >> the issue has already triggered a war of words between republicans and democrats, but
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could a compromise now be in the works? david kerley has details. >> reporter: in a week during which you'll hear a lot of this -- >> tax cuts. >> tax cuts. >> tax cut. >> tax cut. >> reporter: -- expect an earful on the bush tax cuts specifically. republicans want to extend them. the president says it's time to let them expire for the rich, those making more than $250,000. and a stunning admission from the top republican in the house. >> if the only option i have is to vote for those at 250 and below, of course i'm going to do that. but i think that's bad plicy >> reporter: a nod to the president's plan and a strategic effort to blunt mr. obama's latest attack. >> let me be clear to mr. boehner and everybody else. we should not hold middle-class tax cuts hostage any longer. >> reporter: the president claims letting the cuts on the rich expire will give the government $700 billion to cut the deficit. >> borrowing $700 billion to extend tax cuts that average more than $100,000 a year to millionaires and even
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billionaires is the least effective bang for the buck we can have. >> reporter: extending the cuts for everyone costs the government $3.7 trillion over ten years. >> what are the odds of the bush tax cuts get extended before election day? >> i'd say the chances are zero that those tax cuts get extended. >> reporter: what we are seeing is a white house worried about john boehner becoming the next speaker. and how would the house operate under a speaker boehner? the ohioan has already called for the repeal of the president's health care reform and the financial reform law. so the white house press secretary was quick to point to a "new york times" story. a republican leader tightly bound to lobbyists, including those from wall street. >> so that they can go back to writing the rules themselves. they say we don't need to buy access to mr. boehner, we already have -- >> reporter: mr. boehner has gotten the attention of the white house. press secretary robert gibbs put out a statement late today
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out a stimel it late today i'm also told by hite that the president will talkingbehn etatement in the coming days. white house. well, the economy will clearly be on the minds of voters in six states and in d.c. when they head to tomorr thest py be the november election -- election, rather. our seiashidito rick klein has a preview. >> reporter: delaware is getting so much attention. a sleepy race in the smallest of states getting so much attention at the end because the tea party there could cost republicans the chance to pick up a seat in one of the most democratic states in the country. here christine o'donnell, the te t frh paine o'donnell, the fro she's running a very strong challenge agas thilbe e w tea party takes a big chunk away from thepubance an american woman arrested in iran more than a year ago is todacted to be headino cf3 sarah shourd is to be freed after her $500,000 bail is paid. iranian authorities agreed to the release because of concerns
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about her health. but now prosecutors say they are preparing to put her two companions, shane bauer and josh fattal, on trial for spying. there has been a setback in the rescue of those miners trapped deep underground in chile. work on the most advanced of the three tunnels had to be stopped when a drill struck an iron support beam. but officials insist the problem does not alter the rescue timeline. rescuers have opened multiple narrow bore holes to the miners, which they use to pass them food, water, oxygen, messages, and even cigarettes. california regulators have ordered pacific gas & electric to inspect its entire natural gas system. that of course is in the wake of thursday's massive explosion in san bruno. two people missing since last thursday have been found alive and well. but that still leaves four people still missing and four confirmed dead. tomas roman of kgo in san francisco has details. >> there used to be a house right there. >> i used to look from -- they
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have very nice deck. i used to look at their house, and now it's not there. >> now it's gone. >> reporter: mila alasz, her gid torter: mila alasz, her rabbit t s caut iterr the alasz house was spared from the flames that consumed the three d them. mila says she's been frantic since her family escaped the explosion and fire th >> i didn't slep. i move to two hotel. it's like something mentally. i can't stay in one place. it's like -- i want to move around. i don't want to stay still. no, i probably get one hour and a half sleep during the whole night. >> reporter: the family is still waiting for pg & e to turn on their gas and power. this view shows the more than 100 residents who are being let back into their san bruno homes in stages. the only people allowed home to stay are those whose homes have green flags. yreen flags. dozens of pg&e crews who are turning on power and gas, lighting pilot lights and heaters and stoves. steve hoff is back in his home.
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he's trying to make sure everything is ready for his family to leave their hotel room and join him. he's concerned that his youngest girls have been badly traumatized by the experience of running out of their house while sirens blared and flames lit up the sky. >> my biggest concern is my 6-year-old and making sure that she's okay and comfortable. she hasn't been sleepiery good the last cou and you know, the -- just small noises and different t evanand dowdifferent t the street. he says they're youd fragile to be exposed to se scercf1 us be. crews are now battling a second fire in the colorado foothills. the fast-moving fire near loveland has now destroyed at least one home and is now threatening others. it burned about 600 acres, forcing authorities to pull some resources from another fire. that fire in boulder is now about 90% contained. reports say the blaze in boulder may have been started by a fire pit. a big and powerful hurricane
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is quickly gaining strength in the atlantic. hurricane igor is on the verge of becoming a category 5 storm with winds overnight topping 150 miles an hour. igor is forecast to brush by miles an hour. igor is forecast to brush by bermuda early saturday. landfall. but it could bring rough surf to the east coast, and tropical storm julia has now been forming behind igor. and now here's your monday forecast. severe storms with 70-mile-an-hour winds and hail in omaha, kansas city, and wichit scattered showers from new york city into albany, boston, and northerw pop-up thunderstorms from mia and showers for east texas. >> 93 in dallas and 90 in new orleans. just 64 in bostod 75 70s from detroit to the twin cities and 69 in fargo. boise will climb to 87. portland 78. and sacramento is 84 degrees. well, it is a lip-smacking world record that will put any chocolate lover in seventh heaven. >> an armenian candy company set a new mouth-watering guinness record for the biggest chocolate bar in the world. look at that.
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the ginormous block of dark chocolate weighed a whopping 9,700 pounds. it was 18 feet wide and 9 feet -- 18 feet long, rather, and 9 feet wide and 10 inches thick. >> wow. well, the chocolate will be doled out to the public next month in celebration of that company's tenth anniversary. >> i need to know how many calories are in that, but i won't ask. >> just a few hundred thousand. >> we'll be right back. ♪ chocolate sundae ♪ sundae chocolate sundae you go next if you had a
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>> be nice. be nice, bandit! >> reporter: lion trainer kevin richardson must carefully analyze the dynamic of this lion pride as he introduces two new members, younger cubs named mafumu and vayetsi. >> be nice! >> reporter: kevin richardson takes personal responsibility for all these cats. he helped develop this lion park in south africa five years ago for the filming of a movie starring thor, this moody male. five weeks after the cubs mafumu and vayetsi are introduced to their new pride, a tragic discovery. mafumu turns up dead. vayetsi is distraught. and having been separated from other members of the pride for his own safety, lonely. he has lost his best friend. as kevin examines mafumu's corpse, he doesn't see evidence that his death was caused by
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other lions. >> if he was in a fight, any way they're going to kill this guy is in the neck, immediately a suffocating bite. while the others rip him apart. >> reporter: kevin draws another conclusion. >> look at the swelling. i'm thinking puff adder. the tongue swells up, he can't breathe. >> reporter: puff adder snakes are highly venomous, and one bite would have been enough to asphyxiate a young lion mafumu's size. >> i don't even know what to say. >> reporter: with mafumu gone, kevin faces another dilemma, what to do with vayetsi. >> i've worked with lions so long and this lion is clearly missing his brother. it will take some time like it does in people for him to get over it. >> one of our lions is in desperate need of a partner. >> a partner. >> yeah. he seems a bit lonely. >> i'm 99.9% sure we can help you out. >> reporter: he calls up a nearby lion park to see if there is a cub close to vayetsi's age
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he can schedule a play date with. there are indeed. >> hello, my sweetheart. are you coming to a new home? are you coming to meet vayetsi? >> reporter: this time kevin is looking for a lioness companion for vayetsi, likely to be more accommodating around the traumatized male. >> you're quite feisty. >> reporter: he finds the perfect candidate, but she has a sister and livie and ginnie are a package deal. the first meeting is awkward, and kevin is forced to play middle man to ease the tension. and over a couple weeks he does impress the ladies. >> having seen how his happiness has changed over the last couple of weeks, he's completely a relaxed happy lion again. >> reporter: although they also leave their impression on him. ginnie and livie are a naughty handful, and their behavior has clearly rubbed off on vayetsi. >> stop that now.
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>> reporter: playing among themselves is one thing, but kevin easily becomes a chew toy when he gets in the middle. >> stop it! >> what they don't realize is that i'm just a human and i've got very thin skin. >> reporter: in order to establish his place in the pride as the trainer, kevin has to discipline the animals when they get out of hand. >> don't chew me. don't sneak up behind me. >> reporter: even after all his efforts -- >> surrounded by lions. >> reporter: -- kevin richardson's relationships with the lions are ever fragile and could turn at any moment. it's a risk he's willing to take to help preserve a majestic species. i'm stephanie sy in new york. >> my old job. "the skinny's" coming up
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next including a big look at the vmas from last night. >> yes. lady gaga.
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♪ skinny ♪ so skinny we start off with the vmas. a reminder that you and i are old because -- >> yes, it really is. >> -- we didn't know a lot of these artists. but chelsea handler was the host, and there was a lot of hype about her especially since there hadn't been a woman who'd done this since '94. >> that's crazy. >> since roseanne barr. i didn't even remember that she did it. a lot of people, though, the reviews overall are not that great. people liked her opening, which is how she came into basically the arena. she dropped down, and it was really a spoof on lady gaga. she had a house on her head. she was obviously playing it up. a lot of people said it took aim at the easiest target, which is lady gaga. so there were some boos for that. but aside from that a lot of people were saying -- you can see the video coming in right
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now. i mean, as she sits the ground -- >> sorry. that's as far as we got in rehearsal. oh, wait, wait, wait. one more thing. release the doves! >> a lot of people said she was edgy but boring. in case you missed it, she basically had a lot of drinking and drug references. she went after the "jersey shore" kids. but -- >> there was a funny skit with them in a hot tub. i'll give her credit on that. she wasn't too awful. >> i'm going based solely on what other peopayin twa noiend but you know, the next morning, the next days after, i think sometimes the opinions change. >> monday morning quarterbacking daw an > e of course everyone cares about the winners, who went home with all themooe la let's hit the big winners for you. lady gaga took that one home for "bad romance." her huge, huge hit. best new artist went to justin bieber, the young lad who's having quite a year
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best male video, e he won for "not afraid." and best female video a repeat winner last night gaga again for "bad romance." i think she had like 13 nominations. i think it was a vma record. she had a big night. >> and as you expected, she needed help getting her dress on the stage because she had like a six-inch pair of heels on. >> is in chelsea handler was actually tamer than gaga's real outfit. which is coined of funny. she was dressed wild as always. >> but all in all there was nothing too exciting. you can see lindsay lohan. that was an opening part of this thing. you saw her quickly. she said, "you've got to pull it together, handler, nobody will hire an alcoholic." a lot of people laughed about that. the thing people were talking about was this big rivalry between taylor swift and kanye west, was it going to play out, was it ad it ed t hi interpretation a song f forgiveness for him, like kind of forgiving him. intetpvnheng him.
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because a lot of this closed the show. ♪ ♪ let's have a toast >> so, i mean, a lot of people are saying that's the end of his pop culture exile. and you should note everyone was chanting "kanye." the only standing ovation of the night. >> i'm surprised they let him close out the show, but they gave him a big spot in the show. we can't say some of those lyrics on the air that he said. but basically he was admitting i screwed up but trying to atone for that. as always, never dull. [ female announcer ] fact.
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u.s. open will be completed in queens after being postponed due to rain sunday. number one seeded rafael nadal takes on the number three seeded novak djokovic. should be a great match. >> i cannot wait. 4:00 eastern time. >> you're ready. >> i figured it out. watch it. >> right. finally, a kinder, gentler rock experience, if you can pay the fierce price. >> concert promoters are luring spectators to what was once a very gritty experience by offering some vip treatment. as dan harris reports, no one would call it hard rock. ♪ >> reporter: at woodstock people put up with mud, rain, and general misery. fast-forward 41 years to lollapallooza, the three-day music festival in chicago, where for 45,000 bucks you can rent a private cabana with air-conditioning, gourmet food, your own bartender, and a privileged view of lady gaga. >> can you ever imagine being in the crowd ever again?
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>> i mean, i guess i could imagine. i don't know if i want to imagine. >> reporter: if $45,000 is a little steep, how about 850 bucks for access to a private shaded area with more fancy food, spa treatments -- >> massages today. massages and facials and mini mani-pedis tomorrow and sunday. >> you know, when i think rock and roll i think mini mani-pedi. >> reporter: vip treatment seems to be the new big thing in the concert industry. for around $950 vips can meet the band kiss and get a boatload of branded gifts. for around $1,800 bon jovi fans get special backstage tours. >> this one is probably the most recognizable guitar of jon's. >> reporter: a prime rib dinner. and even a chance to take their seats home with them. and at ozzfest hard-rocking brides and grooms can get the unholy matrimony package for just $2,666. get it? the sour economy has brought the concert industry down by about
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15% this year, but even during a recession some people are still willing to pay for star treatment. >> in these economic times it was a sacrifice but well worth it. >> reporter: and if you're an aerosmith fan, their vip package >> reporter: and if you're an aerosmith fan, their vip package includes a readi chubby checker: hi, i'm chubby checker. a new twist in the law makes it easier than ever to save on your medicare prescription drug plan costs. so what are you waiting for? go to www.socialsecurity.gov and apply for extra help. it's easier than learning the twist.
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